Bathtime on the Trail: The One Gram Platypus Shower:

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An ordinary water bottle cap will fit any Platypus bottle (by the wonderful Cascade Designs who also make the absolutely best Sleeping Pad:

You can make holes with a large needle (doll needle pictured – much safer). With nine holes as pictured one litre lasts 6 ½ minutes. I usually carry one 2 litre Platypus and a one litre one. Della carries the same. Similarly each has a pot of approx one litre capacity. A litre of boiling water added to a litre of cold water makes a pretty good shower temperature. 4 litres of water each gets us pretty clean in the backcountry where there is plenty of wood to provide the heat, eg with this:

A couple of grommets in the base of the Platypus bottle (both on one side) will allow you to hang it up from a carabiner on a piece of string. A loop tied with an overhand knot in the string a little higher up will allow you to catch the neck of the bottle to turn the shower off. I am working on converting one of those water bottle on/off bite valves which some water bottles come with to a shower for the same purpose. Looking for a cap which can be glued on which is just the right size, but really it works just fine as above.

Like this (7 grams):

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See Also:

The APC and the Sponge Bath

Ultralight Personal Hygiene

Ultralight Clothes Line

Keeping your clothes clean is important too:

There are a variety of purchasable models of this device (some very dear) and all of which weigh more than a gram! Make your own and convert your Platypus bottles for hanging (2 minutes max)

Also see: Video with times (


5 thoughts on “Bathtime on the Trail: The One Gram Platypus Shower:”

  1. Thank you for your comment. I had a very bad day yesterday and you haven’t helped. I’m sorry not everything I write interests you. Topics are just whatever occurs to me/happens to me. I notice that the previous two comments (below) have exactly the opposite view to yours however, so perhaps it is just that some topics don’t interest you as much as others. I will try to do better. However, I have over 700 posts here – and lots more stuff here: and here: Surely there is plenty to keep you interested?

  2. Thanks for your comment which I don’t quite understand. Try making one yourself. It will work pretty much as I have explained in the article. Cheers.

  3. Thank you fore your feedback. I’m sure if you go to the home page and scroll down or try a search you will find many more of interest. There are nearly 700 posts so far! Cheers, Steve. PS: Why do you refer to me as ‘my family member’?

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